Sara Ivry at The Tablet posted this entry about one of my favorite books as a kid, Chaim Potok’s novel about baseball. Yes, I know, it’s much more than that. But I was about 10 years old when it was first published and I was more interested in the game between the two “warring” factions of Jewish boys than the lessons about family and faith.
As Ivry mentions, Robby Benson played the role of the Hassidic Danny Saunders in the film adaptation, which was almost as convincing as Anthony Perkins playing a Major Leaguer in Fear Strikes Out.
You can read a dramatic version of softball scene (sorry, Sarah, it was a softball game, not a baseball game) and its aftermath here.